Sunday, January 2, 2011

Younger Next Year”- A guide to living like 50 until you’re 80 and beyond.

As we begin this New Year each of us has the opportunity to evaluate our lives, our health, our possiblilities.   It is my desire to share information that will lead each of you to having a better quality and quantity of life and hopefully help you to share that information with others.   This excerpt from a book by Dr. Henry S. Lodge will begin that path this year.  The testimonials to various chronic problems will continue to be posted as you desire.   Your feed back and dialogue is solicited and apprecited.    My websites at  and have research and videos that will help you better understand the concept of the wellness home that is sweeping across the world.  

If you know someone who could benefit from this informational blog, please feel free to copy and send it to them.

Have a blessed day,

John St. John

Younger Next Year”- A guide to living like 50 until you’re 80 and beyond. 
A quote from the book by Henry S. Lodge, MD:  
”My patients had had good medical care but not, I began to think, great health care.  For most, their declines, their illnesses, were thirty-year problems of lifestyle, not disease.  I, like most doctors in America, had been doing the wrong job well.  Modern medicine does not concern itself with lifestyle problems.  Doctors don’t treat them, medical schools don’t teach them and insurers don’t pay to solve them.   I began to think that this was indefensible.  I had always spent time on these issues, but I had not made them a primary focus.  And far too many of my patients including some very smart and able people were having lousy lives.  Some were dying.
Most modern medicine is what lawyers and bankers call transactional:  a one-shot deal.   You blow out your knee, you have a heart attack, and you see a specialist.  A short, intensive period of repair or cure follows, and the parties go their separate ways.  I realized that my practice was entirely different.  I was likely to have long relationships with people . . . twenty, thirty years.  That’s one of the best things about being an internist.  But that privileged, long-term look into patients’ lives has put me on a different footing from the other specialists.  I am “on notice” of how my patients are living, and of how they are dying.  I am “on notice” that the normal way of American way of life and especially the American way of retirement is dangerous and sometimes lethal.  I am “on notice” that, no matter how great our medical care, we all need great health care, too and very few of us get it.
It is inexplicable that our society, plagued by soaring medical costs and epidemics of obesity, heart disease and cancer, cares so little about these things.  The simple fact is that we know perfectly well what to do.  Some 70 percent of premature death and aging is lifestyle-related.  Heart attacks, strokes, the common cancers, diabetes, most falls, fractures and serious injuries, and many more illnesses are primarily caused by the way we live.  If we had the will to do it, we could eliminate more than half of all disease in men and women over fifty.  Not delay it, eliminate it!  That is a readily attainable goal, but we are not moving toward it.  Instead, we have made these problems invisible by making them part of the “normal” landscape of aging.  As in “Oh, that’s a normal part of growing older.”
Aging is inevitable, but it’s biologically programmed to be a slow process.  Most of what we call aging, and most of what we dread
about getting older, is actually decay.  That’s critically important because we are stuck with real aging, but decay is optional.  Which means that most of functional aging is optional as well.”
A Wellness Home is optional as well…I hope this is an option that you exercise!

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